Winter 2012-13


Dear Friends,

Many greetings for a healthy and prosperous 2013! As we embark on a new year filled with potential, we would like to share some highlights of 2012, which was a landmark year for Rare Violins of New York.

We've had an extraordinarily successful year of sales, with several fine Stradivari and Guarneri violins finding new homes. A surprise for many customers was to find that we not only sell rare violins, but have great sounding instruments in all ranges. The market is very strong, and in anticipation of the coming year we are making every effort to strengthen our acquisitions.


The RVNY workshop is now at full capacity! Restorers Jee Min Kim and Alan Dipesa joined us this past year. They completed programs at the Violin Making School of America (Salt Lake City, UT) and North Bennett Street School (Boston, MA), respectively, before relocating to New York. They are currently training under our lead restorers, Tatsuo Imaishi and Michael Bourassa. Our workshop’s fifth bench is occupied by our resident bowmaker, Ron Forrester, who is available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during our regular hours.


When we haven't been “at the shop” during business hours (Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm), Rare Violins of New York has been representing its instruments in rather unexpected ways. In 2011 RVNY was approached by movie producers to provide instruments and assist in the making of the movie A Late Quartet, starring Mark Ivanir (violin), Philip Seymour Hoffman (violin), Catherine Keener (viola), and Christopher Walken (cello). In the ensuing months, Bruno and Ziv lent their expertise, selecting the instruments used by the actors in the film. They also served as bodyguards, often staying on-set well into the night/morning in order to ensure that “No instruments were harmed in the making of this film.” After touring the independent movie festival circuit, A Late Quartet opened in theaters on November 2nd, 2012.



Violin by Antonio Stradivari

Recently sold by Rare Violins of New York



Our activities this past year, as always, have grown from our commitment to foster appreciation for high quality stringed instruments, both antique and contemporary. We were intrigued when organizers with International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) invited us as special exhibitors – in cooperation with our colleague, Stewart Pollens – to take part in the American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF). Their decision to present fine stringed instruments arose in response to a growing trend toward musical instrument investment among art collectors. Our involvement in AIFAF 2012 provided a compelling counterpart to the fine art objects of other exhibitors, with a selection of instruments including violins by Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, and Guadagnini.


The tradition of great craftsmanship established by these master luthiers continues forward to the present. At Rare Violins of New York, we have always been supportive of new makers, so we are particularly excited that Bruno recently joined the Violin Society of America’s (VSA) Board of Directors. The VSA's dedication to research and sharing of information has been at the center of the extraordinary rise in violin making standards. Today, many of the very finest makers are here in the United States.


We are well into our third year at our “new” location in the historic landmark building The Beaufort, which is conveniently close to Carnegie Hall. New York City continues to adapt with the times and our neighborhood is no exception. While our building has not moved, it is now located at the intersection of 57th Street and the newly established “6 ½ Avenue,” christened this year and completed with a traffic light, street sign, and crosswalk that leads to our building’s main entrance. Meanwhile, the newest building in the neighborhood, which will become the tallest residential building in New York upon completion in 2013, remains under construction. Named “One57,” this building made headlines in early November when its massive crane collapsed in the early hours of Hurricane Sandy. Thousands of people were evacuated from within a seven block radius, under threat of the crane’s huge boom that dangled precariously above 57th Street. Finally, after a week spent waiting with baited breath, we were allowed to return to the shop.


In 2013 we will launch our new website: same address (, new design. We are in the process of completing the final details and we would like your input! Let us know what features and information you would like to find on our website. You can share your suggestions by email ( or on Facebook (Rare Violins of New York ), where you can also “visit us” for regular RVNY updates.


We would like to thank you for your business and continuing support, and wish you a Happy New Year!


Looking forward to seeing you in 2013,



Bruno Price and Ziv Arazi,